[meteorite-list] South Pole Meteorite - ALH761 photos uploaded

From: Mike Bandli <fuzzfoot_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:51:44 -0700
Message-ID: <20081015235150.C87131053D_at_mailwash5.pair.com>

Here is a complete view of ALHA 76001 (listed as Allan Nunatak No. 1) from
the Proceedings of the Second Symposium on Yamato Meteorites (pg. 58):


Definitely not the same stone. I looked through every photograph in every
catalog and cannot find anything similar to the shape of the eBay stone. One
theory is that it is simply an unclassified Antarctic collected by
non-meteorite related or geological research team. I am sure that once word
got around that meteorites were found in Allan Hills, other geological
research teams probably had an eye out for them.

Or... it is a clever scam, designed to fool us Antarctic research wannabes.

But, hey, the detective work is fun, right? :)

Mike Bandli

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You folks are right. The salt textures on the crust are a common feature of
antarctic surface finds. Unfortunately the in situ photograph of ALH761 in
the Photographic Catalog of The Selected Antarctic Meteorites is of poor
quality, at least in my copy. Note the "mismatched saw cuts" on page 52.
I have uploaded the photos for those interested:

The Catalog of Yamato Meteorites (Tokyo 1979) gives a brief description of
the mass that was found by a team consisting of K. Yanai, the grandmaster W.
Cassidy himself and E. Olsen. It says: " Large mass with abraded crust". A
small b&w photo is on plate 9. The entry continues: "Cut in two parts, 9671g
(Allan Hills 761,1) and 10244g, Allan Hills 761-2 (USA)."
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To: "Jeff Grossman" <jgrossman at usgs.gov>; "Meteorite-list"
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Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 9:46 PM
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> Here is another view of 76001 _at_ NIPR:
> http://metdb.nipr.ac.jp/Data/ALH761/sALH-761.1-79_small_20082219597.jpg
> The back has patches of crust, but doesn't look anything like the more
fresh and intact crust on the eBay material in question. 76001 was a 20.1kg
stone, so it is possible that it had a broken side. I'm away from my
photographic catalogs, but maybe someone else can check their own. I believe
either the Catalog of Yamato Meteorites or Photographic Catalog (1981) show
the entire mass. I'll check when I get home...
> Mike Bandli
Received on Wed 15 Oct 2008 07:51:44 PM PDT

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